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Thursday, 29 January 1998

  • Letter: Prescott's task
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    That is a huge leap for the Labour Party to make, and more than a short step in the right direction for the environment. Liberal Democrats are rejoicing that the Labour Party has finally started to take the environment agenda on board. We have had a ...

  • Letter: Learning to read
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    I do not know Flemish, but the spelling of both German and Hungarian is highly phonetic, unlike French and English, which have far less regular matching between letters and sounds. French has all those mind-boggling different written verb endings whi...

  • Letter: Bubbly baths
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    JOHN MITCHELL Hertford

  • Letter: Abortion debates
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    The silliness of this statement can be illustrated by replacing abortion with another moral-cum-political issue where Dr Abrams presumably takes a less libertarian view. Would he accept, for example, that the slavery debate of 200 years ago was about...

  • Letter: Endless loans
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    War Loan was originally supposed to be redeemed in "1956 or later" and as late as 1950 it was confidently expected that it would be redeemed in 1956. The stock was then standing at about 97. Many pensioners bought it on their bank manager's recommend...

  • Letter: Bubbly baths
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    TONY DAVIE St Andrews, Fife

  • Letter: In the 1951 dome
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    Dr J B POOLE Datchworth, Hertfordshire

  • Leading Article: Discovering the woeful truth is part of the peace process
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    The Bloody Sunday killings still matter, above all, because they underpin so much of the sense of grievance which sustains republican terrorism. The events of this day in 1972 were critical in changing perceptions of the British Army among nationalis...

  • Lament the lyricist's dreams of glory, and don't put your hopes on the stage
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    All yours, Nat. Dear Nat, How do I set about being the next Rik Mayall? Nat West writes: You don't. Nobody ever set out to be the next anybody, or if they did, they haven't been heard of since. Do you think Rik Mayall set out to be the next Rik Mayal...

  • Letter: Prescott's task
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    The Oxford company provides tours of our city, having re-engineered the rickshaw to include 21 gears, hydraulic disc brakes and halogen lights The elderly share a cause with the disabled, shoppers, and adults in charge of small children. Rickshaws mu...

  • Letter: Cambodia in peril
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    It is increasingly evident that the atmosphere for holding free and fair elections largely devoid of intimidation and possible violence is far from satisfactory. We fear lest Hun Sen, following his successful coup last July, is slowly being allowed t...

  • Insults, soundbites, repetition, clubbiness, obfuscation ...
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    There is a wonderful casualness about this assertion which reveals the confidence with which it was written. It transcends the possibility of contradiction, because this is something that we all know; it is incontestable, forming a backdrop to everyt...

  • Letter: Price of brown fields
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    Why not legislate for industrial rates to be raised on all unused urban land? Those great forgotten tracts will become a liability for their owners and will come on to the market at realistic prices. MARY BANNERMAN Bristol

  • The most misogynistic film ever - or just a visceral slice of real life?
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    In The Company of Men is about two men who deliberately decide to hurt someone. "Let's do it," says one of them. "Let's hurt someone", in a wonderful re-working of Tarantino "Let's go to work." For this is in many ways a film about work as much as it...

  • Letter: Learning to read
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    SUSAN REYNOLDS London SW1

  • Letter: Abortion debates
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    L R McILMOYLE Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Tony's backing is all that Robin really needs
    Friday, 30 January 1998

    Cook can be a difficult and prickly man at the best of times; and these are not the best of times, given the personal pressures caused by the break-up of his marriage. Although his relations with most officials have been significantly better than por...

  • Letter: Town vs country
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    I am a self-employed van courier and recently my vehicle broke down, which prevented me from working and earning money for five days. I received no compensation despite my van being "ill". Why can farmers claim government help and I cannot? JOHN PRIT...

  • Letter: Town vs country
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    As viewers rush to emulate the urban British lifestyles of their new favourite TV characters, we could expect a corresponding reduction in demand for housing in sprawling suburban estates. ALISTAIR LENCZNER London SW4

  • Letter: Bad debts for arms
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Pressure groups have argued that the export credit guarantee scheme, which underwrites these arms orders, only encourages oppressive regimes, such as Indonesia, to buy weaponry beyond their means and actually to increase their military spending. Oppr...

  • Letter: Heroic dockers
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    It is deeply disappointing that throughout the long dispute the leadership of the TGWU have offered no active support, other than financial contributions from the hardship fund. The Labour government, despite containing MPs and ministers with TGWU li...

  • Letter: Ramadan moon
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    If Islam is a progressive religion which believes in science, then its followers in the UK should consult the Greenwich Observatory. It saddens me as a Muslim that the end of Ramadan each year is celebrated not on one day but on two or three, dependi...

  • You can keep the River Cafe - I'll take a pantomime dame any day of the week
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Well, as I live a hundred miles or more from London, it's unlikely that I will make the trek to the capital and see the new darlings of the West End. Luckily, I don't really have to. I have seen The Right Size already. I saw them at the Edinburgh Fes...

  • Yes, Zippergate is unedifying - but have you heard the latest joke...
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Seeking intellectual stimulation, I fled to talk to Graham Robb, the talented young author of the life of Victor Hugo which win the Biography prize. No trace of politico-sexual shenanigans about that life, I trust. Only honest creative endeavour, tir...

  • Letter: Caring for disabled
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Mr Gordon's "maiden lady" looking after an aged and infirm parent is seen as deserving, but presumably a married woman, who is also sacrificing career, occupational pension and probably health, isn't. It is true that the recipient of invalid care all...

  • Interview: John Bird: From the street to City Hall: the first mayor of London?
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    The idea that this could be a non-party campaign is fast fading. There will probably be a Labour and Tory primary - (there'll be an outcry if either party tries an inside fix). That will leave just one candidate each, with the others banned from runn...

  • Letter: Nursing crisis
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Pay is an important factor but not the only one. My own experience suggests that nurses at ward level have become disillusioned as they have felt devalued with the general drift from public service to business ethic. There is a sense of two cultures ...

  • Letter: `Boring' politics
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    "Boring" is a word my 11-year-old uses about any subject outside his immediate range of interest. I normally respond by telling him that as he grows older and understands more, then the world around him will appear increasingly interesting and releva...

  • Leading Article: Divided by the Channel, but increasingly united by everything else
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    That is not to say people watching ER or Fargo are somehow being falsely entertained; there is no cultural rule that says we should be more excited by Jean de Florette or Lucie Aubrac because France is closer to hand. But we must not let the prevalen...

  • Letter: Hughes's Ovid
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    The context was a reference to other recent English translators of Ovid, praised at Hughes's expense by the classicist Bernard Knox in a recent issue of the New York Review of Books. Their renderings may be more correct but Hughes's Ovid, like Chapma...

  • Europe may speak English, but it remains foreign
    Thursday, 29 January 1998

    Make no mistake. For all our domestic political ructions over Europe, and whatever our "semi-detached" stance towards the process of European integration, Britain has exerted much influence on the Union's development. Almost everywhere, free trade an...

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